Drawing Horses Is Not Like Riding a Bike

Drawing Horses Is Not Like Riding a Bike
"Palomino Beauty", a 9.5" x 7" graphite sketch by Elizabeth (Betty) Moore

I've often heard the expression - "just like riding a bike" - casually applied to seemingly hopeless situations. The phrase could be interpreted as a skill that, once learned, is never forgotten. 

That phrase couldn’t be farther from the truth when it comes to drawing. After watching several YouTube videos by artist Andrew Tischler drawing horses and other animals, I was inspired and determined to improve my skills. His presentation leaned heavily on establishing a daily routine that was non-negotiable.

The first few days were torture to draw daily. "You will see results," he promised. He was right. I've been pleasantly surprise at the dramatic change in my drawing. The "Palomino Beauty" actually took several days to finish the details and soft shadows.

I have also discovered that doing a portrait in graphite takes nearly as much time as a oil painting. Many thanks to Missouri artist/photographer Karen Broemmelsick for her reference photo.

Betty Moore

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